Mike Benbow

State’s forecast for 2020 salmon runs well below projections

Anglers should expect restrictions due to fewer fish than expected returning to local waterways.


Take a magical eagle tour on the Skagit River this winter

Boat fleets take camera buffs on the river for photo sessions with America’s symbol.


Comings and goings: Spot these 10 migrating Northwest birds

Here are five birds that migrate here in winter — and five others that fly away to sunnier skies.


Pass Lake in Skagit County can be challenging, but rewarding

The lake near Deception Pass is better in the fall when trout rise in the water to plump up for winter.

Fish and Wildlife Department giving crabbers a bonus season

The winter crabbing season opened last week and is scheduled to go through the end of the year.

Washington state is ‘a mushroom hunter’s paradise’

All the state and national forests, plus the rain, make this an ideal place for mushrooms to grow.

B.C.’s Corbett Lake solid place for fly fishing

Kamloops rainbow trout were plentiful, and bit on various flies during an early May outing.

Chuck Morrison plays a trout that grabbed his fly at Black Pine Lake near Twisp. (Mike Benbow photo)

Fire results in bigger, more plentiful fish in Black Pine Lake

Fire danger closed the lake near Twisp for most of last summer allowing the fish to grow.

Chuck Morrison plays a trout that grabbed his fly at Black Pine Lake near Twisp. (Mike Benbow photo)

Trout season opens Saturday: Here’s where to catch them

Some 2.1 million were planted in area lakes for anglers to contend with on Saturday.

Teach a kid to fish: 6 local derbies scheduled for trout season

Here’s how to get youngsters hooked on the sport — even if Mom and Dad don’t fish themselves.

Dismal local outlook for upcoming salmon season

Aside from coho, the forecast for the upcoming salmon season on local rivers is ‘very discouraging.’

Government shutdown likely to delay Skagit steelhead fishery

The catch-and-release fishery for steelhead on the Skagit and Sauk rivers was set to open Feb. 1.

Before the malls, Christmas shoppers flocked to Everett

Historian Larry O’Donnell looks back on the days when downtown was the county’s retail center.

‘So he bid her goodbye and went fishing’

Fishing bum Al Knudson, a founding member of the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club, created the Knudson Spider.

‘Robust’ numbers expected as waterfowl season opens Saturday

WDWF says it was a good breeding year for ducks and geese in Canada and Alaska.

How a Brier woman’s choice to live kinder changed her life

Donna Cameron wrote a book about her year of living kindly — and how everyone can be kind every day.

Meet aviation hobbyists at the 50th annual Arlington Fly-In

The festival at the Arlington Municipal Airport promotes flying general and sport aircraft.

A beautiful drive and some good fishing in the Methow Valley

Head over the mountains and check out one of these three lakes near Winthrop.

May is a great time to introduce kids to fishing

There are a number of free local events designed for beginners.

How to entice a wide range of winged friends to your yard

A Tulalip Bay couple shares how they encourage birds, bees and butterflies to visit their garden.